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English Recipe Book, 17th century

  • Digby, Venetia, 1600-1633.
mid 17th century - early 19th century
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Collection of medical recipes and memoranda on the properties of various medicinal and cosmetic preparations, 17th century. With several later commonplaces, c. 1822.

The recipes are almost all in the same fine mid-17th century hand, possibly that of a professional scribe.

The collection would seem to have been compiled for an unknown lady, and contains numerous entries relating to the diseases of women and children. An unusually large number of authorities or sources of the recipes are named, including (p.4) Ven[etia] Stanley [Venetia Digby née Stanley (1600-1633)], (p.41) Countess Arundel [probably Alathea Howard née Talbot (d.1654), Countess of Arundel], and (p.68) L[ord] Arundel [probably Thomas Howard (1585-1646), 2nd Earl of Arundel].

Among the medical authorities the most commonly named is Dr. Dakins [probably Dr Polycarpus Dakins,, of Derby].

This manuscript and a related manuscript (MS.3712) are discussed by Richard Aspin in "Who was Elizabeth Okeover?", Medical History , 2000, 44: 531-540.


mid 17th century - early 19th century

Physical description

1 volume 1 vol. 365 x 235 mm., 179 pp.

Acquisition note

Purchased at Bloomsbury Book Auctions' sale, 23 April 1997, lot 175.

Finding aids

Database description transcribed from Richard Aspin and Christopher Hilton's typescript supplement to S.A.J Moorat's Catalogue of Western Manuscripts.

Location of duplicates

Published (in microfilm form) in Women in Medicine: Remedy Books, 1533 - 1865 , ed. Sara Pennell (Woodbridge, Connecticut: Primary Source Microfilm, 2004). This recipe book has been digitised and images are linked to the catalogue record. In addition, a microfilm copy is held as AMS/MF/221.


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